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12.21 by Dustin Thomason

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Published by Random House, August 2012 ****

I wouldn’t categorize this novel as a thriller per se, because there’s not a whole lot of action or globe-trotting heroism like fans of Berry and Rollins expect.  It’s more of a medical drama with a good Mayan conspiracy thrown in.  Thomason did an effective job creating a very scary scenario about a very real and deadly infection and connected it to Mayan mythology in an engaging way.  Bonus, at the center of this medical crisis is an ancient Mayan codex that reveals the downfall of that civilization a thousand years ago.  And the convenience that the Mayan calendar ends 12/21/12 coincides with the outbreak of the terrible disease can’t just be coincidence?!  But it works.  Thomason presents the scenario in an intellectual way, and he knows his science (he is a doctor, after all).

My only qualm was the abrupt conclusion.  I wish he had developed a stronger finish instead of halting the plot and wrapping everything up neatly in the epilogue, although the Mayan book and the outbreak are tied together nicely.  Still, it was a fun read with a compelling premise, and a scary scenario involving a freaky infection.  So if I start experiencing psychosomatic symptoms like insomnia, remind me that it’s just a work of fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via TLC Book Tours

Author: Julie Merilatt

I live in a Chicago suburb with my husband and a house full of books. Book collecting, reading, and reviewing consume my life. I have a special affinity for all things Alice in Wonderland. I began my education at Carthage College, wanting to be an English teacher. Eventually I decided that Carthage and I weren’t a good fit anymore, so I transferred to North Park University, where I realized I didn’t want to be a teacher. So I finished my education with a degree in English with a writing concentration. I was always a voracious reader and wrote my first review in April 2007. I don’t remember why exactly I decided to write a review, only that I had just finished The Agony and the Ecstasy and had a strong feeling that I needed to express how I felt about it. This inspired me to write reviews about each book I wrote and after posting on Amazon for two years, I was invited into the Amazon Vine program. I am also an active reviewer/member of Goodreads and enjoy being an active member of the online book community.

One thought on “12.21 by Dustin Thomason

  1. Thanks for being on the tour!

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